Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Photographer Laurie Tennent's Botanical Work Flourishing this Spring // Birmingham, Chicago, Detroit


Botanical Photographs by Celebrated Artist Laurie Tennent on display in Birmingham, Chicago and Detroit

 Laurie Tennent, fine art photographer, will have her dramatic botanical work on display in Birmingham, Chicago and Detroit this spring.

The Robert Kidd Gallery (107 Townsend Street, Birmingham, MI) will host a solo exhibition of Laurie Tennent’s botanical photographs April 9 through May 6. Pushing the boundaries between photography and painting, revealing in striking detail the architecture of plant life, her large-scale photographs – up to seven-feet wide or tall – expose nature’s innate beauty and delicate sensuality. The opening reception for the artist will be held at the Robert Kidd Gallery from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, April 9, 2016.

“Complexity of character, masculine and feminine, intimate yet bold, sensual yet strong,” says Tennent. “My photographs are an exploration of these dualities. By exaggerating the inner architecture of plant life, I offer the viewer a chance to become confronted by, and immersed in, nature.”

More than 20 works by Tennent will also be featured at The Chicago Botanic Garden, a 385-acre living plant museum, from April 18-September 25 (1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe, IL 60022). Curated by Exhibitions and Programs Production Manager Gabriel Hutchinson, this is the first stop of a national tour of Tennent’s work, Botanicals: An Intimate Portrait. To prepare for the show, the Detroit-based artist went to Chicago to work with botanists to add unusual specimens to her portfolio. The work will be on display all summer long in the Krehbiel Gallery, located in the Regenstein Center at the Garden.

“Her work is spectacular,” said Hutchison. “It’s a different kind of printing process than what you normally see. Her work is very distinctive, and it’s incredible to see the flowers on such a grand scale.”

Tennent will also be an exhibitor at the Garden’s annual Antiques, Garden and Design Show (AGDS), taking place Friday, April 15 to Sunday, April 17. Following AGDS, Krehbiel Gallery will exclusively feature her work throughout the summer. From September 23 to 25, the exhibit will only be accessible to American Craft Exposition ticketholders.

Tennent created all the portraits in her Birmingham studio and printed them in polychrome on aluminum. A heat press technique that fuses the pigments into the metal helps create the weatherproof panels that can be installed indoors and outdoors.

To see Tennent’s work anytime in Detroit, head to the Detroit RiverWalk where she recently created an installation for the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy. The outdoor art, comprised of two works, “Oriental Poppy” and “Desmanthus,” will be on public display for three years.

Images featured in the show are available for purchase directly through Tennent at For more information, please call 248-229-8075.

(Photos by Laurie Tennent - Moth Orchid, Peony at Meadowbrook - Laurie at Cranbrook - Oriental Poppy, Detroit RiverWalk)

About Laurie Tennent
Laurie Tennent, who has exhibited nationally and internationally, received her BFA in Photography from the College of Creative Studies. She is President of the Birmingham Bloomfield Cultural Council and 2013 Cultural Arts Award Recipient for her philanthropic work.
About The Chicago Botanic Garden
The Chicago Botanic Garden is a 385-acre living plant museum situated on nine islands and featuring 26 display gardens and surrounded by four natural habitats: McDonald Woods, Dixon Prairie, Skokie River Corridor, and Lakes and Shores. Located at 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, Illinois, United States, the garden is open every day of the year. Admission is free, but parking is $25 per car (free for garden members).
The Chicago Botanic Garden is owned by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, and managed by the Chicago Horticultural Society. It opened to the public in 1972, and is home to the Joseph Regenstein Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden, offering a number of classes and certificate programs. The Chicago Botanic Garden is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is a member of the American Public Gardens Association (APGA).





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